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Are Long-Run Inflation Expectations Anchored More Firmly in the Euro Area Than in the United States?

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  • Meredith J. Beechey
  • Benjamin K. Johannsen
  • Andrew T. Levin

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This paper compares the evolution of long-run inflation expectations in the euro area and the United States, using evidence from financial markets and surveys of professional forecasters. Survey data indicate that long-run inflation expectations are reasonably well anchored in both economies but reveal substantially greater dispersion across forecasters' long-horizon projections of US inflation. Analysis of daily data on inflation swaps and nominal-indexed bond spreads, which gauge compensation for expected inflation and inflation risk, also suggests that long-run inflation expectations are more firmly anchored in the euro area than in the United States. (JEL D84, E31, E37, E52, E58)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 104-29

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aejmac:v:3:y:2011:i:2:p:104-29

Note: DOI: 10.1257/mac.3.2.104
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